are stepping up their campaign against Fox News Channel
by pressuring advertisers not to patronize the network.
Campaign for America's Future, and liberal blogs like
DailyKos.com are asking thousands of supporters to monitor
who is advertising on the network. Once a database is
gathered, an organized phone-calling campaign will
begin, said Jim Gilliam, vice president of media
strategy for Brave New Films, a company that has made
which have successfully pressured Democratic
presidential candidates not to appear at any debate
sponsored by Fox, are also trying to get Home Depot to
stop advertising there.
At least 5,000
people nationwide have signed up to compile logs on who is
running commercials on Fox, Gilliam said. The groups want to
first concentrate on businesses running local ads, as
opposed to national commercials.
''It's a lot more
effective for Sam's Diner to get calls from 10 people
in his town than going to the consumer complaint department
of some pharmaceutical company,'' Gilliam said.
Some of the
videos produced by Gilliam's company compile statements made
by Fox anchors and guests that the activists consider
misleading, such as those that question global
for Fox News Channel, which is owned by News Corp., did
not immediately return calls for comment.
Home Depot has
not had an unusual number of calls, said spokesman Jerry
Shields, and the home improvement chain will not change its
''We're not in
the business of censoring media,'' Shields said. ''We need
to reach our customer base through all mediums available.''
Groups like the
Sierra Club have targeted Home Depot because they believe
it's inconsistent for the company to promote environmentally
friendly products while advertising on a network that
has questioned global warming.
The groups seem
particularly angry at Fox's Bill O'Reilly, who has done
critical reports on left-wing bloggers. On July 16, O'Reilly
said the DailyKos.com Web site is ''hate of the worst
order'' and sent a reporter to question JetBlue
Airways CEO Dave Barger about the airline's
sponsorship of a gathering run by DailyKos.
He'll never ride
on JetBlue again, O'Reilly said.
Fox said JetBlue
has since asked that its name be removed from the
DailyKos.com Web site.
campaigning against Fox because it says the network
characterizes itself as a fair news network when it
consistently favors a conservative point of view, said
Adam Green, the organization's spokesman.
trying to silence anybody,'' Green said. ''Rush Limbaugh has
a right to be on the air--he admits his point of view.
Fox doesn't.'' (AP)